Funny how serendipity works, isn’t it?
I recently wandered into Primitives & More, an antique store in Milford, OH, and immediately spotted a hefty stack of old recipe cards, tied into a bundle, on a table right inside the door. The tag read, Recipe cards $3.95.
How could I not?
I’ve only untied the stack to photograph these lovely vintage recipe cards to share here. They’re beautiful: 4-by-6 index cards, with a bit of golden foxing on the edges. The recipes are written in blue ink (probably using a fountain pen). Tucked into the stack are meticulously clipped recipes from magazines, newspapers and manufacturer’s recipe books. There are a few recipes from other women, but most of the cards are signed by Clara Shenefelt. Some are labeled ‘class’—which makes me think Clara copied the recipes from a cooking class or maybe Home Ec.
Over the coming weeks, I look forward to thumbing through the collection, one by one, like savoring a favorite novel. [I thought, for about 2 seconds, about doing some ‘Julie and Julia’ kind of project where I cook every single recipe in the stack … but then I found the recipe for Kidney Bean Salad with Sliced Tongue and, well, that was the end of that.] When I make one of these old recipes, I’ll post about it here.
I will also try to identify who Clara was. I’m in possession of someone’s family treasure, I know.